Thursday Travels: More from the Glasgow Lakes Look-Off Trail

(8 June 2012.  Glasgow Lakes Look-Off Trail.  Cape Breton Highlands National Park, Nova Scotia.)

(8 June 2012. Glasgow Lakes Look-Off Trail. Cape Breton Highlands National Park, Nova Scotia.)

During the last Thursday Travels post, M and I were still making our way along the Glasgow Lakes Look-Off Trail.  The trail was getting wetter and wetter as we made our way up and along the highlands plateau.

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I don’t really have much to add about the hike other than the images so I think I’ll ramble on about something else today.  I thought about taking on today’s Daily Prompt:

Remember when you wrote down the first thought you had this morning?  Great.  Now write a post about it.

Water on the trail

Water on the trail

But my first thought this morning was, “Wow, I look good in that bikini,” and it was based on a dream I had just awoken from in which I somehow found myself back in the body I had when I was twenty years old.  The shame of it all, of course, is that I didn’t appreciate that body at the time.  No matter how thin I was, I dieted.  And dieted. And dieted until my body rebelled and started holding on to weight instead of shedding it.  I’m trying to make up for it now by letting my body know how grateful I am for how well it has supported me, and for all it has done to allow me to experience life.  I’m also trying to take better care of this wondrous miracle known as my body.  Isn’t it amazing how the human body works?  (Go see The Miracle Is You if you don’t believe me.)

It was such a beautiful day.

It was such a beautiful day.

Anyhow.  I was looking over the NaBloPoMo prompts for March.  The theme for March is Risks and the first prompt asks:

Do you think it’s better to play it safe or take risks?

It was a peaceful day, too.

It was a peaceful day, too.

I know it’s not yet March, but the question is interesting.  I want to be the type of person who takes risks.  I really do.  I’d like to be able to go skydiving or bungee jumping, or take a long drive or hike on my own, or pursue some type of career as an artist/photographer.  There’s a long list of things I might do if only I could take that first step, if only I would take the risk.

In a really beautiful place.

In a really beautiful place.  (See what’s happening with the trail?)

But in reality, I tend to play it safe.  Almost always.  I dream of risks, but live in my comfortable spaces.

Oh good.  Another dry patch.  We can keep going.

Oh good. Another dry patch. We can keep going.

It is our very fear of the future that distorts the now that could lead to a different future if we dared to be whole in the present.

~ Marion Woodman

Stopping to admire the flowers

Stopping to admire the flowers

I have accepted there are some things I won’t do in this lifetime.  Jumping out of an airplane is certainly one of those things.

Don't worry.  That's not the trail.

Don’t worry. That’s not the trail.

Fear keeps us rooted in the past.  Fear of the unknown, fear of abandonment, fear of rejection, fear of not having enough, fear of not being enough, fear of the future — all these fears and more keep us trapped, repeating the same old patterns and making the same choices over and over again.  Fear prevents us from moving outside the comfort — or even the familiar discomfort — of what we know.  It’s nearly impossible to achieve our highest vision for our lives as long as we are being guided by our fears.

~ Debbie Ford

The bones of a tree

The bones of a tree

The good news is that over the past several years, I have been stepping outside of my comfort (or discomfort) zones, trying new things, and coming to terms with some of my fears.  The challenges I’ve taken on as part of my blogging career here at Life in the Bogs have helped me find the courage to watch, learn about, and accept my fears rather than resist or try to bully my way through them.  I think it was Krishnamurti who said that resistance does not end fear.  It’s only when we take the time to get in touch with our fears that we can move on from them.

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Bungee jumping might not be on my agenda for the future, but there are other possibilities, other new things to try and new places to explore.  And some of them just might involve risks of some kind.  Actually, I already know that some of them will mean taking a chance.  The risks will be worth it because the gains will be great.  (Did you know that the thesaurus lists the word “possibility” as a synonym for “risk?”)

This is the trail.

This is the trail.  And the water is getting deeper.

I think it’s time for us to leave the Cape Breton Highlands, and move back into the present.  Thank you for stopping in and joining me on another hike from the past in the Canadian Maritimes.  For those interested in such things, it’s snowing here in the Bogs today.  We might get an inch of accumulation at most so it won’t be good for skiing or building snow people or taking a ride down the sledding hill.  That’s too bad.  I was hoping for at least one last run down the hill or ski excursion in the woods before winter is replaced with spring.

It looks like it's time to turn around.

It looks like it’s time to turn around.  The trail isn’t getting any better.

Have a delightful day, evening, night… wherever and whenever you are on the spectrum of time.  :)

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Once we believe in ourselves we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.

~ e. e. cummings

Heading back

Heading back

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12 Comments on “Thursday Travels: More from the Glasgow Lakes Look-Off Trail”

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  3. Dana says:

    WOW, Robin. I am on such a miracle-filled path right now. It seems like everywhere I turn, there are words written just for me, secrets shared just for my benefit, teachers placed exactly where I need them to be, and opportunities for gratitude EVERYWHERE. Reading your words today has felt like one of these tiny miracles. :)

    I have been thinking a lot about bodies lately and about how we (as women or as a society in general) punish and discipline them so severely. Why? While these sorts of disciplinary tactics might ‘work’ at first, they just aren’t sustainable and won’t create the lasting, healthful changes we supposedly desire (if looking thin and hot in a bikini is healthful?? Haha.) I was thinking specifically about my candida/elimination diet but also more generally about any sort of cleanse or detox that we undertake. More and more, I’ve been receiving the words ‘acceptance’ and ‘kindness’ in my life. We have to love and thank our bodies– deeply, genuinely– and treat ourselves with the utmost tenderness! Only then, I think, will they respond and move us towards true, whole body health. Discovering this is one thing, we’ll see about putting it into practice, right?

    And risks! Like you, I am not one to take many chances. I feel safe in what I know and live on a day-to-day basis already, so stepping outside of the comfort zone is huge for me. I have a feeling (based on tiny hints you’ve been dropping in your posts) that you are on the brink of making major changes and possibly taking what feel like big risks in your life. I just swan-dove into a big risk myself (TODAY!!), and all I’ve got to say about that is “WHEEEEEE!!!!” (Maybe it’s the freshness of the situation that’s making me feel so optimistic about it. Perhaps I’ll be petrified when I wake up tomorrow and think, “Good god– what have I done?” Or not.) In any case, I just want you to know that I really believe in you. You are very inspiring to me on so many levels, and I know deep in my heart that you are destined for utter greatness! Sure, your greatness might not be on a worldwide scale, but the resolutions you’ve made and the wisdom that you’ve shared through this site already have had a profound impact on the way I live my life. So whatever the next step in your life is– take it! Your destiny awaits you. :)

    (Sorry for the long comment!)

    • Robin says:

      I love long comments, Dana, so no apologies are necessary. :D I also love how you summed it all up with “Your destiny awaits you.” So it does. :)

  4. Like you, I’ve accepted that there are many things I won’t be doing. But, I have also decided I’m going to try an awful lot of things I hadn’t even thought to dream of. :) Perhaps we will see one another at the next Color Run! :)

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  6. Jo Ann says:

    Your post really got me to thinking, Robin. I’m happy and comfortable with my life right now, but I agree there are opportunities out there that we should at least explore. I am keeping an open mind as to the possibilities that present themselves – and pursuing one – writing an e-book on living with nature in the Blue Ridge!

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  8. [...] Now that we’ve had a little rest on that rock just to the right, it’s time to make our way back.  We have other trails to hike since this one turned out to be under water. [...]


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